DETROIT (WWJ) – Two people are dead and a third is wounded in what police are calling a murder-suicide on Detroit’s west side.
According police, the situation unfolded early Monday morning when a 37-year-old man broke into a home on Wreford Street off Linwood.
Detroit Police James Craig said the man was armed and looking for his estranged girlfriend.
“He sees the girlfriend, fires several shots striking her three times,” Craig told WWJ’s Charlie Langton and other reporters. “She is able to exit the locations with (a) child, an 11-year-old. She then goes to the hospital.”
After the two left the house, according to Craig, police tactical gear surrounded the home, hoping to negotiate with the suspect with had a hostage inside..
At some point, Craig said, the suspect fatally shot the hostage, identified as a female friend of the girlfriend, and then fatally shot himself.
A second child, 9 day old child, found by police in the home was not harmed but was found to be suffering from hypothermia. She was also taken to a local hospital.
According to reports, the fatal victim was sheltering the girlfriend and the children in her home as investigators say the girlfriend had obtained a personal protection order against the gunman.
No name have been released as an investigation continues.
With the Detroit Police Special Response Team at the scene, some streets in the area of the home were blocked off for the investigation. They have since reopened.